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Love Well the Hour by [Jordan, Anne]
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"An important biography of this historical and colorful figure."
--Bruce Henderson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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The title reflects Gertrude's motto, "Love well the hour and let it go" from a poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne, one of her favourite poets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2701 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (12 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5ZTP6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #568,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The fascinating portrait of Gertrude Blood on the cover of this book did it's job in getting me to open the pages, then as a family historian, the connection with the surname Blood gave added interest. The amazing depth of research which Anne Jordan has poured into this book has been worth the effort, as has her use of that research in the way she has told the story of this remarkable lady: it is a very readable book and very often difficult to put down. Although the court scenes are the focal point of the story, they are told with care as well as accuracy so that they do not favour either side, but the court scenes are not overdone. I am only too glad that for my own family history research I do not have to travel to Venice to collect copies of Birth, Marriage or Death certificates. It has been a pleasure to read the story in this historical biography and it is a pleasure to recommend it to others.
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"Love well the hour" is such an appropriate title for this amazing biography. The book stayed with me for weeks after I had finished reading it and I mourned the loss of Lady Colin Campbell as though she was my own. Anne Jordan managed to bring her subject to life and I can't help feeling that this book should now be serialised or made into film. An incredible piece of research from an author who should please write some more.
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Years ago I was wandering around the National Portrait Gallery in London when the Boldini painting of Lady Colin Campbell - the picture on the cover of this book - drifted into my view. The portrait depicted a beautiful woman with sparkling intelligent eyes and a confident smile. She seemed to me the image of a modern woman, with modern attitudes, but trapped inside Victorian clothes. I became intruiged by this face and the spirit it seemed to imply, but I couldn't find any in-depth information about her, beyond her part in the most sensational divorce case of the period. Years drifted by, I visited the painting now and again, and I searched the internet for more facts, but nothing turned up.

Now - at long last - comes Anne Jordan's biography of Lady Colin, AKA Gertrude Elizabeth Blood. After years of searching in vain for any scrap of information on the subject this book landed on my doormat packed with research into the Lady herself, her childhood, her family, her successes and failures in life and love, and much interesting contextual information on the period she lived in, and the social expectations of the time. It's exhaustively researched, but clearly and compellingly written, making it of interest not only to someone like myself who has a specific interest in Gertrude Blood, but to anyone who is fascinated by this period in English social history. An amazing story that has at last been brought out into the light, about an extraordinary woman who deserves more recognition for her achievements.
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Anne Jordan's book on this fascinating fin-de-siecle enigma is extremely well-researched and lovingly put together, clearly a product of many years of determined study.

The subject herself is enough to make a very interesting read. Previously almost unknown, despite the scandal and infamy of her heyday, Lady Colin Campbell lived a life which could have come straight out of a novel. Jordan's detailed biography, however, carves the reality from the sources which remain with perseverance and creativity. The personality of both the subject and the author shine through, and thus the book is easy to read and engaging. Overall 'Love well the hour' more than does what it intends in giving Lady Colin Campbell a voice a century after her death, and is a treat for all, even those with the most casual of interests in the period.
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I've loved the portrait of Lady Colin Campbell that appears on the cover of this book ever since I saw it at the National Portrait Gallery some years ago. Now here's a great chance to find out what an extraordinary woman she was - independent, fun-loving, plagued with ill health that was at least partly her husband's fault, and treated disgracefully by the upper crust society into which she found herself pitched. It's a really engaging read, absolutely captivating. What a revelation to learn more about her than just the lurid details of her divorce trial.
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